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Fighting Mosquitoes Naturally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

There isn’t one single positive thing I can say about mosquitoes except they make good bat food. Other than that, I literally can’t think of anything they are good for and I really don’t know why they were invented. Even scientists, who have been studying these pesky insects for years, say they “would rather they were wiped off the earth.” (, 2006)

Until they are, we have to deal with them carrying horrible diseases like Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley Fever, and even yellow fever. We also have to worry about our pets and livestock being infected with heartworm and West Nile Virus. There are over 3,500 forms of mosquitoes and they all suck. Literally and figuratively.

So, besides keeping pets on a heartworm schedule and keeping them out of the way of fogging, we have to protect our pets without exposing them or ourselves to toxic chemicals that are found in most “bug sprays.” Not an easy task, but we do have a few natural solutions you should check out. (Remember that these are not substitutes for regular heartworm prevention!)

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 22:37
Calming Anxious Pets: Fireworks, Thunderstorms & Monsoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00

Independence Day is one of my most feared holidays. Why? Because I know how my pets are going to react - it's historical fact...  My wolf hybrid taught my coyote to fear fireworks. My coyote taught my Aussie. My Aussie taught my pointer and my pit. Get the picture? Now I have an entire household of animals who are terrified of loud noises.

But over the years, we have learned how to make this time of year as easy as possible on everyone and we now believe we'll make it through July with nary a problem.

In 2010, Thundershirt did a survey of pet owners and found that two of the most prominent forms of anxiety among dogs were noise and separation from their owners. Loud noises, such as thunder storms (86 percent) and fireworks (74 percent), were the most often cited form of noise anxiety. Here are some other fun facts about pet anxiety:

  • Forty-one percent of the 1,201 dog owners polled said they had at least one dog that currently has or had an anxiety issue.
  • Of the 1,960 dogs owned by those polled, almost 30 had some form of anxiety or fear issue.
  • By applying its findings to 2010 U.S. population estimates, nearly 23 million dogs suffer or have suffered from some sort of anxiety.
  • Dog anxiety issues have impacted 18.6 million U.S. households.
  • 71 percent of the dog owners polled did not feel that it was necessary to address the issue
  • 29 percent did not feel like there was a viable solution and 13 percent felt solutions were too expensive.
  • For those that did address their dog’s anxiety, survey results indicated that more traditional solutions, such as medication, training and avoiding certain circumstances, were the most popular.
  • Dog owners spend, on average, more than $1 billion annually addressing anxiety and fear problems, with more than $240 million going to property damage
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 06:15
Heat Related Pet Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:53

These are a couple of printable resources that will teach you to:

  1. Identify the signs of heat stroke in pets
  2. Administer CPR in the case of emergency

Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing the "Saving your pet's life with CPR" graphic. And I'm not sure who to thank for the "Heatstroke Can be Deadly" graphic. If you know who created it, please let us know.

Surviving Summer: 8 Tips for Pets in the Heat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:18

It’s summer. No one knows that better than us as we swelter in temps that should only be experienced inside of an oven. We’ll reach 117 degrees this week and that makes me feel a little terrified for the millions of animals left outdoors by owners who don’t know any better, or worse, don’t care.  We know you’re not one of those people, but we do hope you can pass this article along to someone who may not know better.

It’s important to make sure your pets have shelter that is clean, ventilated and has adequate air circulation, preferably in an area that is shaded all day. Pets can overheat quickly. Watch for these signs of heat exhaustion:

  • loud, rapid panting
  • rapid pulse
  • glazed eyes
  • excessive salivation
  • elevated body temperature
  • excessive whining, agitation and vomiting.

(See these helpful infographics for Identifying Heat Stroke and How to Administer CPR to Your Pets.

If you live in a climate with temperatures exceeding 80 degrees, we have some tips and tricks for you. Read on for the latest in cooling trends for pets...

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 17:38
DIY Dog Spa: 10 Easy Steps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Monday, 24 June 2013 03:08

We all love to spoil our pets and nothing says love like a DIY Dog Spa. Grooming your pet is not only good for them, it’s a great way to save money, bond with your pet, and lower your own stress levels. Pets are natural mood enhancers and it’s been scientifically shown that grooming your pet can lower your heart rate as well as lower your own stress levels.

Remember that you don't need to bathe your pet often. Unless your dog has gotten into something smelly or dirty, they will only need to be bathed only every two to four months. Bathing too frequently will dry out their skin and strip the natural oils from their coat. This is just one more reason why you should make bath day extra special for your pet. Here is a little DIY Dog Spa Day Primer that we put together.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 06:15
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